by Chella Kumar,
The other day I was surfing youtube, watching videos of chocolate masters making chocolate. I had cacao nibs at home and decided to go ahead and try it. Making chocolate at home with a few healthy ingredients is easy! This is even a one-bowl recipe!
Cacao nibs - 1 Cup
Creamed Coconut - 4 tbsps
Chopped fresh dates - 1/3 Cup
First thing is, you need to grind the cacao nibs into cacao butter. I used an Indian Mixer Grinder. First, the cacao nibs will turn into powder, keep grinding, and every 30 secs, open and scrape the sides, continue until you get a nice glossy cacao butter. This is pure 100% dark cacao.
Add the creamed coconut and grind it until it blends well.
Add the chopped dates and grind it until it gets blended well into the mixture.
Pour them into molds. (I used stainless steel trays)
Let them sit on the counter for 6 to 8 hrs, until they solidify. Or you can place them in the refrigerator to solidify faster or if the temperature is hot where you live.
Once it solidifies and forms a bar, cut and enjoy!!
Other variations I have tried
1. Creamed coconut is optional, it helps to mild down the bitterness of the chocolate.
2. Instead of chopped dates, you can add dates sugar or coconut sugar
3. You can spice up your chocolate with powders like cinnamon, ginger, and turmeric, etc
4. Add chopped nuts or seeds (flaxseeds, pumpkin, sunflower)